May 24
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

It’s official … these books have ruined my rating scale. I have given every single book in this series a 5-star rating, and yet … this fourth book is demonstrably the best in my opinion. Seriously, they just keep getting better and better! For reference, here are my previous reviews: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) A Letter to Aelin: A Warning & Good Tidings My overall thoughts on the series thus far … In the first book, we saw some pretty amazing character witticisms… Read more »

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May 23
To Novella or Not To Novella [Monday Morning Musings]

To Novella or Not To Novella [Monday Morning Musings]

I wanted to take a few moments today to discuss the idea of spin-off stories/novellas. I’m talking these books/short stories where the authors decide to write something related the series we all know and love, but not necessarily a part of it. In general, I don’t care overmuch for them. It’s not that I dislike them, but I typically just don’t see enough value in them to put in the time and money to actually go and read them. My favorite part of a series is following the macro plot from book to book, and usually the novellas don’t really contribute much on that… Read more »

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May 22
Sunday Post: May 22

Sunday Post: May 22

    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme       This week Book reviews (images link to posts): 3.5 stars 5 stars Other stuff: I Hate Mid-Series “Epilogues” [Monday Morning Musings] In the real world Friday was my last day of work before leave! I woke up Monday morning and looked at… Read more »

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May 19
Forgotten Truth (Truth #3) by Dawn Cook

Forgotten Truth (Truth #3) by Dawn Cook

As this is a quartet of books that I listened to back-to-back, I’m keeping my reviews in a format designed to highlight developments in each of four categories: plot, pacing, world, and characters. In each of these categories, I’ll only be discussing what’s relevant to that specific book, so as to keep these from being too redundant. Read my previous reviews here: First Truth (Truth #1) by Dawn Cook Hidden Truth (Truth #2) by Dawn Cook Plot This is absolutely by-far my favorite book in the series (I say this having read the final installment). We’re introducing some time-travel (yay!) that… Read more »

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May 17
The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

The House of the Four Winds (One Dozen Daughters #1) by Mercedes Lackey

Overall, this was a fun little read, though personally I’m glad I did this one on audiobook instead of reading it — it would have taken me forever to get through, unfortunately. The pace for the better part of the first half of the book was … slow, to say the least. The idea overall was intriguing, but I didn’t find myself getting engaged much at all until the very end. There were enough tidbits in the narration to hint at interesting things upcoming, and that helped build a bit of the suspense, but it did little more than get… Read more »

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May 16
I Hate Mid-Series “Epilogues” [Monday Morning Musings]

I Hate Mid-Series “Epilogues” [Monday Morning Musings]

I’ve finished a few books recently that have started doing this more and more, and I find that it’s getting on my nerves. There seems to be this increasing tendency to end a book that is intended to have a sequel with a chapter that is so-called an epilogue (or epilog, if you prefer — while I’m definitely American myself, I prefer the gue ending myself). Let’s start with a basic definition, shall we? Here’s what Dictionary.com has to say regarding the definition of ‘epilog:’ noun 1. a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel. 2. a speech, usually in… Read more »

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May 15
Sunday Post: May 15

Sunday Post: May 15

      The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme This week Book reviews (images link to posts): 5 stars 3.5 stars 4 stars Other stuff: N/A In the real world I am at 38.5 weeks pregnant, and I am counting down the days until I’m done. Well, not literally counting down, because I… Read more »

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May 12
Hidden Truth (Truth #2) by Dawn Cook

Hidden Truth (Truth #2) by Dawn Cook

As this is a quartet of books that I listened to back-to-back, I’m keeping my reviews in a format designed to highlight developments in each of four categories: plot, pacing, world, and characters. In each of these categories, I’ll only be discussing what’s relevant to that specific book, so as to keep these from being too redundant. Read my previous review here: First Truth (Truth #1) by Dawn Cook Plot I was simultaneously more and less intrigued by the plot of this book than the previous one. It’s clear that the First Truth is something really important — that was evident… Read more »

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May 11
Blog Tour: Review & Guest Post of Argos by Phillip W. Simpson

Blog Tour: Review & Guest Post of Argos by Phillip W. Simpson

Amazon | B&N | TBD | Chapters It’s been a long time since I last read a book from the perspective of an animal, and I honestly wasn’t sure how I would react. But when I read that this was the story of what happened in Ithica while Odysseus was off doing his thing during the time of the Iliad and the Odyssey, I just had to give it a go! I remember I had to read varying versions of The Odyssey in school at least three times, and one question on just about every test was about Argos, Odysseus’ dog,… Read more »

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May 10
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns & Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns & Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

OMGOMGOMGOMG! This is officially my new favorite book. Like, ever. I don’t say these things lightly. So apologies in advance for the fan-girling. But … Oh. My. Effing. God. Was that ever a good book! Every time I think I’ve seen the limit of Maas’ awesomeness, she manages to impress me yet again. And in whole new ways. And … I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year to read the next book in this particular series. Ok. Focus. Let’s talk about book 1, ever so briefly. You can read my review of A Court of Thorns & Roses… Read more »

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